THE LEADER of the Imagine peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing group has been handed a five year prison sentence in what presumably is a New Year's example to 'pirates'.
Jeramiah Perkins, who is described as the sysop for the group that was busted in 2011, must also pay $15,000 restitution and commit to staying away from certain computing and copying of media content for a three year period after his release.
According to a report at Torrentfreak the authorities were only too happy to throw the book at Perkins.
"The nature and circumstances of defendant Perkins' offense are serious, as he both organized and led the Imagine Group - one of the largest and most effective organized copyright crime groups on the Internet," said US Attorney Neil MacBride.
"Simply stated, defendant Perkins not only led and served as the chief executive officer of the Imagine Group on a day-to-day basis for well over a year, but also proactively and regularly participated in the many tasks that were essential to the Group's criminal objective - to release a steady stream of infringing copies of motion pictures and other copyrighted works."
MacBride said that the group, which used a system whereby recordings of cinema audio and video were combined to create the 'pirated' copy, was responsible for over 40 percent of all the English language theatrical audio 'piracy' from September 2009 to September 2011. µ